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Beijing, or "Jing" in the abbreviation form, is the capital of the People's Republic of China, the country's political, cultural and generic viagra in united states international exchange center, and the host city of the 29th Olympic Games in 2008 as well. Located in the north of the North China Plain, Beijing covers an area of 17,000 sq km and has a population of 12.16 million. With a time-honored history and splendid culture, Beijing is one of the famous historical and cultural cities and ancient capitals in the world. With abundant tourism resources, Beijing has opened more than 200 tourist attractions to the public, such as the Palace Museum, the largest imperial palace in the world, The Temple of Heaven where the emperors used to pay homage to Heaven, the Summer Palace, an imperial garden, the Great Wall at Badaling, Mutianyu and Simatai, Prince Gong's Residence which is the largest quadrangle in the world, etc. The metropolis contains 7,309 historical sites, of which 42 are under state protection, and 222 under city protection.

Bei Hai Park

Bei Hai Park

Centrally located to the east of the Forbidden City, Beihai Park is a great place to visit during the day or evening. Local gather to sing, dance or practice Tai Chi. Enjoy a meal or something to drink in one of the many restaurants or bars that surround the lake. Perhaps hire a boat and enjoy the lake itself

Beijing Zoo

Beijing Zoo

If your China journey will not take you to the West of China to view the Giant Panda in its natural habitat, then Beijing Zoo might you offer you the next best option.

Beijing Zoo offers a park like setting with a traditional Chinese garden style. In addition to China’s iconic Panda , there is the opportunity to experience rare and http://ppt.usim.edu.my/canadian-pharmacy-cialis-no-prescription unique wild life such as the Golden snub nosed Monkey from Sichuan province, Manchurian Tigers, the smaller and less well known Red Panda and many other species from around the world.

Formally opened in 1908, the Beijing Zoo is on the site of an Imperial Manor from the Ming Dynasty (1368 to 1644). Later plant and animals were cultivated and grown here during the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911).

Beijing Zoo has also been the home of the Beijing Aquarium since 1999.

Lama Temple (Yonghe Temple)

Lama Temple (Yonghe Temple)

The Lama Temple is one of the largest and most relevant Tibetan monasteries in China. It is credited as being the largest Tibetan temple outside of  Tibet itself.

The temple is unique as it houses the artworks of both Tibetan and Han nationalities. Construction began in 1694 during the Qing Dynasty by the Prince Yin Zhen who would later ascend to the title of Emperor in 1722. As the Emperor, the Lama Temple was divided into two, half remained as an Imperial palace, and the other was offered to Tibetan Monks as a monastery.

The temple is set in a North to South direction spanning almost 500 metres. Halls and viagra aus usa Temples include the Hall of the Heavenly (Devaraja Hall), the Hall of Harmony and Peace, Hall of Everlasting Protection the Hall of the Wheel of the Law and the Pavillion of Ten Thousand Happiness’s

The Lama Temple makes a great addition to a tour of The Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.

Olympic Stadium ‘Birds Nest’

Olympic Stadium ‘Birds Nest’

It all began on 08.08.08 at precisely 08:08pm and was regarded as the greatest Olympics in modern history. Now, there is the opportunity to enjoy a visit to some of the incredible venues built specifically for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

The Birds Nest was the centre piece of the Olymipc Games hosting amongst others the Opening and Closing ceremonies with a capacity of 91,000. The stadium has a unique look and takes centre stage amongst the key Olympic venues. With over 100,000 tomes of stell the stadium is the largest steel structure in the world.

Across from the stadium is the Water Cube used for swimming and neoinsight.com diving events. By night the water cube changes colour and shape. With seating up to 17,000 the watercube was the site of 25 new world records during the Olympic Games.

Tanzhe Temple

Tanzhe Temple

Located 40 kilometres west of the Forbidden City is Tanzhe temple, one of the largest temples in Beijing. Sat amongst the hills, the temple is stunning and dates back to the third century

Panjiayuan Market is seven kilometres south east of the Forbidden City

The Forbidden City

The Forbidden City

 The magnificent Forbidden City, now often known as the Palace Museum, is the largest and arguably one of the best-preserved Imperial Palace complexes in the world. For five centuries, it functioned as the administrative centre of the country as well as being the residence of Emperors and Empresses of the Ming (1368 - 1644) and the Qing (1644 - 1911) dynasties. It covers an area of 74 hectares and originally housed 9,999 rooms, with now over 8000 restored. It was originally surrounded by a moat six metres deep and a ten metre high wall. Construction of the Forbidden City began in 1407 and was completed fourteen years later in 1420. It was said that a million workers including one hundred thousand artisans were driven into the long-term hard labor to complete the complex. Listed by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 1987, the Forbidden City is now one of the most popular tourist attractions world-wide.

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall is one of the 'Eight Wonders of the World' and in 1988 was listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Directory. The only man-made structure visible from space, this immense wall originally spanned almost 6,700 kilometres from Shanhaiguan Pass in the east to Jiayuguan Pass in the west. Built originally to keep out the marauding raiders from the North, most now lies in ruins, with the best parts close to Beijing preserved at Badaling; Mutianyu; Simatai and Jinshanling. The most popular being at Badaling because of its easy access and www.rmarecruit.com.au local facilities.

The Hutongs

The Hutongs

The Hutongs are narrow lanes among courtyard houses. The history of the Hutongs can be traced back to the Yuan Dynasty (1271 - 1368). After the establishment of the Yuan authority, the nobles were pleased to be awarded with certain pieces of land as feudal estates. They actively built houses and courtyards which were arranged in order around water wells. The passages between houses were left to allow for light and ventilation and a convenient right-of way. Though these countless passages crisscrossed the old capital like a chessboard, there were only 29 of them called Hutongs. Because city planning was very strict at that time, the roads which measured 36 metres wide were called main streets, the 18-metre wide roads were named side streets and those nine metres or less were designated as Hutongs. In the Ming (1368 - 1644) and the Qing (1644 - 1911) Dynasties, city planning was less strict. Stallholders squeezed in the residential districts, which made the Hutongs differ in width from over six metres to less than one metre. The basic appearance of Hutongs was generally formed during these periods with many having just one entrance. The Hutongs are best seen by Pedicab or cycle rickshaw and from here you will get an interesting glimpse into the lives of the traditional Beijing citizens.

The Ming Tombs

The Ming Tombs

Located some 50 kilometres Northwest from Beijing City lies the Ming Tombs, a general name given to the mausoleums of 13 Emperors of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). The mausoleums have been well preserved, as has the necropolis of each of the many emperors. Because of its long history, palatial and integrated architecture, the sites have a high cultural and historic value. The layout and best viagra deal arrangement of all thirteen mausoleums are very similar but vary in size as well as in the complexity of their structures. It was originally built only as Changling, the tomb of Emperor Zhu Di and his empresses. This is the most magnificent of the tombs. The succeeding twelve emperors had their tombs built around Changling. Only the Changling and Dingling tombs are open to the public. Changling, the chief of the Ming Tombs, is the largest in scale and is completely preserved. The total internal area of the main building is 1956 square metres. Dingling is under ground and about 27 meters deep. It is the mausoleum of Emperor Zhu Yijun, the thirteenth emperor who occupied the throne the longest during the Ming Dynasty.

The Summer Palace

The Summer Palace

The Summer Palace is located 15 kilometres from central Beijing, is the archetypal Chinese garden, and is ranked amongst the most noted and classical gardens of the world. In 1998, it was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Constructed in the Jin Dynasty (1115-1234), it was extended continuously. By the time of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), it had become a luxurious royal garden providing royal families with rest and entertainment. Originally called 'Qingyi Garden' (The Garden of Clear Ripples), it was know as one of the famous 'Three hills and Five gardens’, (these being Longevity Hill; Jade Spring Mountain and soft gel cialis Fragrant Hill; The Garden of Clear Ripples, the Garden of Everlasting Spring, the Garden of Perfection and Brightness, the Garden of Tranquillity and Brightness, and the Garden of Tranquillity and Pleasure). Like most of the gardens of Beijing, it could not elude the rampages of the Anglo-French allied force and was destroyed by fire. In 1888, the Empress Dowager Cixi embezzled navy funds to reconstruct it for her own benefit, changing its name to the Summer Palace. She spent most of her later years there, dealing with state affairs and entertaining. In 1900, it suffered again, being ransacked by the Eight-Power Allied Force. After the success of the 1911 Revolution, it was opened to the public. Composed mainly of Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake, The Summer Palace occupies an area of 294 hectares, three quarters of which is water. Guided by nature, artists designed the gardens exquisitely so that visitors would see marvellous scenery and be amazed by the perfect examples of their refined craftwork using the finest of materials.

The Temple of Heaven

The Temple of Heaven

The Temple of Heaven was built in 1420 during the Ming Dynasty and buy levitra online has an area of about 2,700,000 square metres. The Temple was built to offer sacrifice to Heaven. The Temple of Heaven is enclosed with a long wall. The northern part within the wall is semicircular, symbolizing the heavens and the southern part is square symbolizing the earth. The northern part is higher than the southern part. This design shows that the heaven is high and the earth is low and the design reflected an ancient Chinese thought of 'The heaven is round and the earth is square'. The main buildings of the Temple lie at the south and north ends of the inner part. The most notable buildings are The Circular Mound Altar; the Imperial Vault of Heaven and the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest. Also, there are some additional buildings like Three Echo Stones and Echo Wall. Almost all of the buildings are connected by a wide bridge called the Vermilion Steps Bridge.

Zhongshan Park

Zhongshan Park

Found South East of the Forbidden City is Zhongshan Park. Built in 1421, the park has wonderful park like surroundings and is a great place to relax in central Beijing.